My run on Saturday initially felt like it was a bad run, but now 2 days later I do think differently. The mileage that I put down was actually not too shabby and most people will never run that far in their live. I do not have the correct details due to me making a snafu with my Nike+ GPS watch, but overall I probably ended up running 18 to 19 miles (which includes approx. 2 miles of off and on running/walking). So, from a distance perspective and overall training effect I think it was a good experience. Especially that I confirmed for myself that I need to stick to my speed. I had meet some other runners and followed their pace. It was a great run with these guys and I enjoyed it a lot, but I am just not ready for the faster speeds just yet.
My knee acted up during the run after not paying attention at one point and hurting it a bit along the way. It felt much better yesterday, but I could tell that it still was not Ok just yet. Yesterday was my rest day and so the timing was good, but I decided to give myself another day of rest today for 2 reasons. I had hit the wall on Saturday after a long hill climb sucked the remaining energy out of my legs and I had hurt my knee. I think an extra day of rest is the right response. I still have plenty of time to go before race day in November. There is no need to push things too hard for no apparent reason. My mileage for the week will be off this week accordingly, but I can live with that.
So, how did I do last week? It was my second week in the mid 40s with a total of 44.1 miles. I still managed to get only one longer run in last week which bothers me. My speed work last Tuesday killed my energy for Wednesday where I had planned to run 10-12 miles and I will have to make some adjustments. While speed work is important, I might have been pushing too hard during that workout. I might skip the speed work this week and rather see if I can get an additional longer run done instead. I will pickup speed work again next week, but at a reduced intensity rate.
Other than that the week went fine. I hit my overall goal of doing mid 40’s for the mileage. I skipped 2 Kosama workouts this week to be able to get my runs in, but still had a total of 3 Kosama (Bootcamp Style High Intensity) workouts. So, my overall hours of doing fitness and training still met my expectations. I am also thinking of reducing Kosama workouts to 4 times per week and to rather get a few more miles in instead. While I love doing the Kosama workouts, I feel that for the next 2 months (well, actually 56 days ‘til race day) it might be more beneficial to add mileage. By doing Kosama on top of the running I am working out more anyway compared to people who only do running and end up doing the same kind of mileage as me.
I have also been testing fueling and drinking a bit more. It’s a bit difficult for me to place fluids along the way. I am running one big loop usually and my home is start and stop. So, anything that I need for along the way I have to carry. There are two 24 Hour Fitness locations along my run and I have used them in past to refill my bottle with water and/or for pit stops. My new running shorts (Saucony) have pockets and it works very well to carry GUs or Gatorade Chews with me. I am definitely getting better in eating and drinking while running (without losing speed at the same time).
And last but not least I finalized my travel to Sin City this week. I was able to score a cheaper price at a hotel of the same chain. I decided to stay off the strip and will be sleeping at a Hampton Inn in other parts of town. Initially my first hotel was going to cost me $84 per night, but with some super secret promotion code I was able to book the other hotel (same level of quality and service) for just $71.00 per night. I will have a rental car and just have to figure out the logistics of getting to the race, but I have time. My current plan is to park at a casino somewhere in the middle between the Start line and the Finish line which would give me a ~1 mile walk each direction.